Tiger claw jewelry became popular during the British colonization of India during the Victorian period. This period was known as the British Raj (Hindi for 'rule'). The pieces were produced to appeal to the British travelers as souvenirs with an Indian flare. This craft is now banned which makes the older pieces very collectible.
These tiger claw earrings are particularly magnificent and from the Victorian period (ca1880)! The single tiger claws set in 18kt yellow gold caps which are ornately and wonderfully decorated. The gold caps have a scalloped edge and a fine etched surface and the gold detail carries along the inside curved part of the claw. Dangling from the front of each gold cap are 5 gold spears that swing freely from rings. At the top of the claws is a simple scrolled design which attaches to a simple earring wire. On the back of one of the earrings are the hand etched numbers "4064". The tiger claw earrings are simply lovely and very light and comfortable to wear. It is often heard that the tiger claw now represents good luck. They would make a stunning addition to any collection!
Measurements: The earrings hang approximately 1 3/4" long, are 1 1/4" at the widest point and have a depth of a little less than 1/4".
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. There is no apparent damage to the gold caps, wires, spears or to the tiger claws. There is some minor damage to one of the scrolled gold designs that rests atop the gold cap however it is not noticeable when worn.